MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island town approved new zoning laws that would prevent any significant development of Plum Island, home to a government laboratory studying infectious animal diseases since the 1950s.
Newsday (http://bit.ly/1dOGMEm ) says the Southold Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday to establish two zoning districts on the 843-acre property off eastern Long Island should it be sold.
The new zoning allows laboratory research on part of the island while the bulk of the island would be preserved as a conservation district.
Debate over the island's future began when Congress voted in 2009 to close the aging laboratory.
The bill envisions using proceeds from the sale to defray the costs of moving operations to a new laboratory at Kansas State University.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com